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Camp focuses on empowering girls

Serafina Silaitoga
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

TRUE leadership often happens with the smallest acts in the most unexpected places by the most unlikely individuals.

These were the words of American ambassador Frankie Reed yesterday when she opened the Camp GLOW for young girls in Savusavu.

"I am here because I know that true leadership — leadership that lifts families, leadership that sustains communities and transforms nations-that kind of leadership rarely starts in palaces or parliaments," she said.

"You can be the generation that makes the discoveries and builds the industries that will transform our economies.

"You can be the generation that brings opportunity and prosperity to forgotten corners of the world and banishes poverty and disease from this region forever."

Ms Reed told the girls that they could be the generation to hold leaders accountable for open, honest government at every level.

"You can be the generation to ensure that women are no longer second -class citizens, that girls take their rightful places in our schools," she said.

"You can be the generation that stands up and says that violence against women in any form in any place, including home isn't just a woman's rights violation.

"It has no place in society."

The week-long camp is aimed at empowering girls to make better choices in life and is organised by American Peace Corps.

A statement from the Peace Corps group said the camp would focus on empowering girls in the areas of wellness, self-confidence, leadership and mental health.

"Camp GLOW is a worldwide Peace Corps initiative to empower young women of developing nations to be strong leaders," said the statement.

"GLOW emphasises the importance for young women to take the steps to embrace their potential as future leaders in their communities."